Shane Rimmer

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Shane Rimmer
Born (1929-05-28) 28 May 1929 (age 88)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Residence Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, England
Occupation Actor, Screenwriter
Years active 1958–present
Television Thunderbirds (1965–66)

Shane Rimmer (born 28 May 1929)[1] is a Canadian actor, voice actor and screenwriter, known for providing the voice of Scott Tracy in the British television series Thunderbirds (1965–66).



Rimmer has appeared mainly in supporting roles – especially in films and television series produced in the United Kingdom, having immigrated to England in the late 1950s, initially performing as a cabaret singer and then auditioning for Thunderbirds.[2][3]

His appearances include roles in films such as Dr. Strangelove (1964), Rollerball (1975), The Spy Who Loved Me (1977), Gandhi (1982), Out of Africa (1985) and Crusoe (1989). More recently, he has appeared in Spy Game (2001) and Batman Begins (2005).

In the earlier years of his career, Rimmer appeared uncredited in, among other films, You Only Live Twice (1967), Diamonds Are Forever (1971), Star Wars (1977) and Superman II (1980). With the exception of cast members playing recurring characters, he has appeared in more James Bond films than any other actor. He also is believed to have provided the voice for the character Hamilton (played by Robert Dix) in Live and Let Die (1973) ("Whose, uh, funeral is it?" ("Yours"))[4]


Rimmer had a long-running association with TV producer Gerry Anderson, most notably for the 1964-66 series Thunderbirds. He was the voice actor behind the character of Scott Tracy. He drafted the story for the series' penultimate episode, "Ricochet" (1966), from which writer Tony Barwick penned a script. Rimmer thought the studio rates for voices in those days were "absolutely deplorable". Years later after working on Thunderbirds, Rimmer, along with Matt Zimmerman, got a solicitor. They informed him of the sort of money they got, and the solicitor then got Rimmer and Zimmerman an immense raise in the residuals.[5]

He also wrote scripts and provided uncredited voices for Anderson's subsequent Supermarionation productions Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons (1967–68), Joe 90 (1968–69) and The Secret Service (1969), appeared in episodes of the live-action series UFO (1970) and The Protectors (1972–74), provided voices for Space: 1999 (1975–77), and guest-starred in one of its episodes, "Space Brain" (1976). Later, he appeared in the un-televised 1986 pilot Space Police (which was adapted as a full TV series and renamed Space Precinct in the 1990s, though Ted Shackleford replaced Rimmer for the series) and provided the voice of the title character in Dick Spanner, P.I. (1987).

Rimmer and fellow Anderson associate, American actor Ed Bishop, would joke about how their professional paths frequently crossed, calling themselves "Rent-a-Yanks". They appeared together as United States Navy sailors in The Bedford Incident (1965) and as NASA technicians in the opening of You Only Live Twice (1967), as well as touring together on stage, including a production of Death of a Salesman in the 1990s. Rimmer and Bishop also appeared in the BBC drama-documentary Hiroshima, which was completed shortly after Bishop's death in 2005.

Other work[edit]

Rimmer appeared once in Doctor Who (in the 1966 serial The Gunfighters), and twice in Coronation Street: as Joe Donnelli (from 1968 to 1970), who held Stan Ogden hostage before taking his own life, and Malcolm Reid (in 1988), the father of Audrey Roberts' son Stephen. He has made many guest appearances in British TV series for ITV, including Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected, as well as ITC's The Persuaders! In 1980 Rimmer played Edward Condon in the BBC mini-series Oppenheimer, which was rebroadcast in the United States in 1982, and appeared in the 1984 miniseries Master of the Game, opposite Dyan Cannon.

In 1989, Rimmer was reunited with Bishop and another Gerry Anderson associate, Matt Zimmerman, during the production of a BBC Radio 4 adaptation of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's A Study In Scarlet. In 2012 he recorded a reading of Donald Cotton's Doctor Who novelisation of The Gunfighters for release in February 2013.

In 2010, Rimmer returned to Thunderbirds, in a 15-minute fan movie simply entitled Thunderbirds 2010. He portrays Jeff Tracy in a voice over on Thunderbird 3's radio, towards the end of the movie, instructing Scott and Alan to take the three astronauts they rescued in the movie to an intact space station, and return to Tracy Island in anticipation of a storm in the Pacific.

Rimmer played the role of Leo Carlin in the 2013 audio drama The Mighty Carlins by award-winning Canadian playwright Collin Doyle. The recording was produced by Wireless Theatre Company.

In 2014, Rimmer released his first fiction novel Long Shot, through This marked his second foray into publishing, having released his autobiography From Thunderbirds to Pterodactyls four years previously.

In 2015 he played the role of "Anderson" in the Science Fiction short DARKWAVE: Edge of the Storm, released in 2016. The film was released for free online and can be seen at the Darkwave homepage.

Selected filmography[edit]


  1. ^ "Thunderbirds Are Go as Scott Tracy Actor Shane Rimmer Launches Autobiography". The Times (Hendon & Finchley, Barnet & Potters Bar, Edgware & Mill Hill). Newsquest. 18 October 2010. Archived from the original on 30 October 2010. Retrieved 30 June 2012. 
  2. ^ Biography
  3. ^ Interview on YouTube
  4. ^ DVD commentary for Live and Let Die
  5. ^ Thunderbirds: A Complete Guide to the Classic Series

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